The Spanish-American War (Atheneum, 1991)

The Spanish-American War

Albert Marrin

The war was led by charismatic men like Theodore Roosevelt who collected a group of strong-willed volunteer soldiers known as the "Rough Riders, who captured the famous San Juan Hill in a bloody, death-defying assault.  After almost a year of fierce fighting, the Spanish finally surrendered—after an insurrection in the Philippines—on December 10, 1898.  Albert Marrin explores the underlying reasons for the conflict telling in detail the passions of the people engaged in this war.




As he has demonstrated in previous books, Marrin has the ability to infuse the  facts of history with the drama of fiction. The result is an eminently readable account of the Spanish-American War, and it incorporates perceptive character sketches of major figures such a Theodore Roosevelt, William Randolph Hearst, and George Dewey. The text gives a broad background of events and those who influenced them, so that Marrin's description of the onset and progression of the war are given meaningful context. Bully for you, Albert Marrin!

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